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Last Updated: Thursday, 12 May, 2005, 06:01 GMT 07:01 UK
Car parts firm to create 125 jobs
Sogefi employs 500 people at two plants in Wales
A car-parts manufacturer is creating 125 jobs in south Wales with an 8m expansion programme.

Sogefi, which makes filtration equipment, said the investment would also mean a further 134 jobs will be secured at its Llantrisant factory.

That plant, alongside others in Tredegar and Nottingham, make equipment for nearly two-thirds of the UK's cars.

The Italian-owned company employs around 500 in Wales. Almost half of the 8m is from the assembly government.

The investment comes after a period of uncertainty for motor industry suppliers in Wales in the wake of the collapse of MG Rover.

Around 200 jobs have been lost at Welsh firms after MG Rover went into administration in April after takeover talks fell through.

Feather in cap

First Minister Rhodri Morgan said: "Sogefi has now become an established and valued employer in the Heads of the Valleys and in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

"Sogefi is a world leader in filtration technology for the automotive and other industries.

"It is a blue chip multi-national with global reach and it really is a feather in the cap in Wales that they have opted for their two plants in Tredegar and Llantrisant for this 8m investment.

"These two plants have always delivered for Sogefi. Now Sogefi is returning the favour and I am pleased we are able to assist."

Economic Development and Transport Minister Andrew Davies added the investment would help the company to fight "increasingly stiff competition, particularly from the Far East".

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